elected in africa, and optimistically, as in this four-day conference of women from around the world, strategising on everything from stopping violence against women to funding political campaigns. the international women's colloquium took place in march, the largest event in liberia in more than 30 years, celebrating female leaders from all over africa and the market women of liberia itself. they, in in a sense, were the real stars of the show. market women not only sell the food that sustains their country, they also fueled a movement that helped end 14 years of civil wars. when the tyrannical rule of president charles taylor transformed their lush little country into a living hell, murdering their men, kidnapping their children, raping their sisters and mothers and daughters, these women, mostly uneducated, generally unschooled in the possibility of their own human rights, decided they've had enough.